Hi Goldenites, my name is Serge Lamarche and it is on the list of candidates as councillor this year.
A bit about me. I came in the west as graduate student at the university of Calgary in 1991 and in 1994, moved to Golden. Over the years in university, I have obtained a baccalaureate in physics and a masters degree in cell biology. It may not look like it but this implies quite a bit of advanced math, especially in the physics department. I find these skills always useful to allow a very good understanding of numerous modern issues. It also helped me create my own employment as webmaster and website services since I could readily adapt to the technology. I quickly learned to be a programmer for websites.
One reason that attracted me in Golden, if not the main reason, was free flight aka hang gliding. From 1991 to 1994, I have flown many western sites and mount 7 proved to be the best and most reliable. I remember the road was the worst though. A few locals made the flying site much more accessible with the completion of the new road in 2000. This actually made mount 7 a much more popular destination for free flight, but also for mountain bikers, hikers and simply to enjoy the view. A nice little anchor for the town. I maintain the mt7.ca (completely bilingual) website, btw.
I am originally from a small town about the size of Golden, with nature and adventures just a few minutes away by bicycle, something I enjoy here. I also have a little passion for skiing that goes very well with the location. I really like to be at walking, biking or skiing distance of almost everything I may need on a daily basis. A fact that keeps me aware of the winter air pollution issue.
Why would I be interested in a town council position, since all my original formation was in pure science ? I just want to make sure you will have one more good option come the election. I noticed last Spring that some councillors had negative bias toward an organisation that is only positive for the area and the town. One councillor could not even calculate his own argument correctly. I would like to improve the odds that such things be avoided.
Thank you for reading !